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Ensure that the grammatical structure of the answer is consistent with the question.
If there’s no penalty for guessing, answer every question.
For essay exams:
Anticipate questions the instructor might ask.
Sketch a variety of outline responses to model questions.
Practice writing sample essays.
Analyze the entire test, and budget your time before beginning to write.
Read each question carefully, and underline key words.
Create an informal cluster outline of your response before starting to write. If you choose, you can simply number your main points.
Strive for a focused essay, tightly organized and supported with facts.
Make sure your paragraphs have main ideas (topic sentences) and a thesis (central idea). Be sure your topic sentences relate to the thesis in your introductory paragraph in an organized way that parallels the ideas in the thesis statement.
Use a paragraph structure that goes with the essay test question. Use the key words in the question as your guide.
Add a conclusion to your essay or paragraph. The conclusion should relate to the essay test question.
Lengefeld, Uelaine A. Study Skills Strategies : Get the Most From Every Minute of Learning. 4th ed, Axzo Press, 2009.